Changing a Fan Light Kit

Many ceiling fans come with a mounting flange beneath the fan motor that can accommodate a light kit. You can also replace the light kit that came with the ceiling fan with a different style light, maybe you updated the look in your room or the light kit is out of style. Replacement light kits for fans can have three to four light bulbs, which can increase the amount of illumination, if that’s what you desire.

  1. Turn off the circuit breaker for the ceiling fan at the breaker panel.
  2. Remove the globe and light bulbs from the existing light kit. Loosen the light kit’s mounting screws and lower the light kit away from the ceiling fan motor. Disconnect the two wires leading to the light by removing the wire nuts. Place your old light kit to the side.
  3. Strip about 1/2-inch of insulation from the tips of the two wires on the new light kit using a wire stripper. Hold the new light kit under the ceiling fan motor and twist the two white wires together. Apply a wire nut to the tips of the wires. Repeat with the same process with the two black wires.
  4. Lift the ceiling fan kit into place and mount it to the motor by tightening the mounting screws with a screwdriver. Make sure it fits tightly.
  5. Attach the globes to the light kit and screw in the light bulbs.
  6. Turn on the circuit breaker and test the lights. If the kit has a pull-chain, you may need to turn on the wall switch and then pull the chain one time to activate the light.

Ceiling Fan Repairs

How to fix a fan that hums

When your fan makes a humming noise, you may be able to eliminate this by changing the control, unless the fan motor is broken. Be sure to buy a control that has an anti-hum feature; the amperage rating must be equal to or greater than the demands of your fan. Multiple fans or fans with lights might require special controls.

  • Turn off the power to the fan at the circuit breaker.
  • Check the fan’s switch to make sure it’s off.
  • Remove the face plate and switch. Use a voltage tester to be sure the wires connected to the fan switch are not “hot.”
  • Disconnect the wires from the switch.
  • Add wire nuts, screw the control to the electrical box, reattach the face plate, and restore the power.

How to fix a fan that wobbles

In many cases, wobble happens when a fan has been hung from a regular ceiling electrical box instead of an electrical box rated for fans. Because of its weight and constant movement, a fan exerts more force on the box than does a light.

  • Unscrew and lower the bracket housing at the ceiling. Check the electrical box for a label that shows it as a fan-rated box. U-bolts or lag screws should connect the metal box to a bracket or solid wood block in the attic.
  • Check the fan’s support. If the fan hangs from the wrong type of box or is under-supported, call an electrician. If you can’t determine the type of support, you may have to climb into the attic, but before you do follow the next steps.
  • Wiggle the support bracket. If it isn’t firm, tighten it.
  • Check the drop rod. If your fan hangs from a drop rod, be sure the ball joint at the top of the drop rod is properly engaged with the bracket.
  • Check and, if necessary, tighten all bolts and screws.
  • Measure to see if the blade tips hang an even distance from the ceiling. If they don’t, one or more of the blades may be bent or warped. Report this to the manufacturer; most offer replacement blades.

 

History of Fans

A fan is defined as a mechanical setup which is used to create a flow of air. Though this is a working definition found over the net, but most people who have a tri-bladed machine rotating on their ceiling will describe fans as a big relief on a hot day. In fact, fans or ‘punkah’ as called in Hindi, is prevalent since 500 BC in India. Even though with modern technology, conventional servants or ‘Punkah-Wallah’ are not required, the importance of a Fan in a household has not changed ever since. In modern times the fan is extended as Air coolers which propel air, which gets cooled after passing through wet mats. Various other applications of basic fan exhaust fan in kitchens and bathrooms, computer fans cooling the parts, propellers in airplanes and table fans amongst others.

History of modern fans can be traced back to an early nineteenth century when they were successfully used in factories and coal mines to pump in air for the diggers. Then in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, Tomas Edison with other inventors introduced electrical power to the fans. Ultimately around early twentieth century fans on a massive scale were sold in America for household use. Philip Diehl is in fact considered to be the father of modern electric fan.

Even after the introduction of Air coolers and Air conditioners Fans have retained its prime in almost every house. My guy over at moving Roswell says people are always saving these things too, and don’t want to throw them away. These days most manufacturers are trying to keep with up with increasing purchasing parity of the people. With designer and number of options regarding style, size, and power there is a fan to suit wall colors or taste of every individual.

Since early centuries man has been efficiently making use of fans in various aspects of life. The early design of fans included a paper cut in the shape of a semi-circular arc and was fixed Continue reading

Types of Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can be found in almost every home. They are so familiar that a lot of people even have difficulty dozing off without one. They can be seen in bedrooms, living rooms, offices, and outside porches. There are a lot of well-known and dependable manufacturers that produce magnificent products to help us out escape the heat.

Ceiling fans come in various sizes, shapes, and styles. If you’re searching for a fan for your home, you’re most likely interested to know what types of are available to you. That’s why we’re here to briefly talk about the major types of ceiling fans and discuss a bit of each.

Let us begin with the cast iron types of fans. From when the fans were produced in the early 1950s, considered to be the most popular would be the cast iron fans. The early ones were made up of cast iron housing. My friend owns a pawn shop and someone brought one of these old timey fans in to pawn. He was like, nah, we can’t take those, no one will buy them! The advantage of using this type of material is that they are durable. That’s why you will notice that there are still plenty of cast-iron fans that can be seen purchased from decades ago. Probably the most popular cast-iron fans is the Hunter ceiling fans which were manufactured by Hunter Fan Company.

Another well-known type of is the stack-motor. These were made due to the increasing energy costs in the 1970s. It was energy-efficient and thus was preferred by more. Actually, it’s the very reason why these fans were able to make a comeback in the U.S. The Stack-motor fans use fan blades mounted to the flywheel. The flywheel is then mounted to the fan’s motor housing.

There are a lot of other types of fans for the ceiling such as the skeletal motors, the low profile ceiling fans, ceiling fans with light, direct-drive, the friction-drive, and gear-drive fans among others. There were styles that became obsolete quickly while there are those that lasted for years.

Here are five types of ceiling fans:

Hunter Ceiling Fan: No, this doesn’t refer to a camouflaged fan favored by outdoorsman looking to shoot an elk or fox. Maybe those types of ceiling fans exist somewhere, though for our purposes, when we talk about Hunter Ceiling Fans, we’re speaking of one of the oldest luxury fan makers in the world. Since the late 19th century, Hunter has produced an innovative fan known for its style, quality, and whisper-like performance. The firm continues to press forward, creating an auto-balancing fan in 2007 and the first ever wireless speaker and ceiling fan combination two years later.

Craftmade Warbird Airplanes: Here’s another ceiling fan with an intriguing name. It practically sounds like, if turned on, it would embark on some prolonged bombing campaign. Homeowners needn’t fear, though they can revel at a fan painted to look like an engine propeller. When turned on, the fan will make it appear an airplane has crashed down and resides on the other end of the ceiling.

Imagine It for Kids: It’s an exciting moment for expectant new parents to decorate the nursery their son or daughter will know as home. There are toys to be arranged and cribs to be set up as well as the basic safety precautions that go into childproofing a room. In all the hoopla, it can be easy to neglect getting a fan that will complement the room. This manufacturer produces playful, colorful fans with all sorts of images on the blades, everything from monkeys to nursery toys to dragonflies.

Slack-Motor Ceiling Fans: Companies like Emerson, Casablanca, and NuTone, as well as the aforementioned Hunter produced these kinds of fans in the 1970s. At a time when much of the world faced energy crisis, drought, and other catastrophes, Continue reading